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February 12, 2009

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Ah I see Blake was in BALTIMORE this week.Must check outthe satisfaction level there. DO not know how a freelance writer keeps the magic 6 hours a day but then, aren't we all thinking of writing, all the time, especially when not sitting down? a Blessed curse. We will now have to catch up with BLAKE'S NOVEL.

Hey Blake: I was delighted to see you mention Brian Evenson! I read his first book of astounding short stories Altmann's Tongue (Knopf) and then followed all of the hullabaloo surrounding its controversial subject matter and his standing with his church and university. I had him review one of my short stories, of which he commented I had a great grasp for dialogue and "a penchant for evil." That last bit scared me enough that I stopped writing short stories.

But back to your interview with Didi: Your comments about how you pick the poetry to publish is most memorable. I'm writing it down. It's significant to me as a writer -- because it's something to measure my work by. But, I simply admire its poetry.

Didi and Blake, a great interview.

Wonderful interview! I like that you said:

"When I read, I think I am looking to hear something I hadn't expected to be said..."

I never thought of it that way. Wow. Well put

@ "My mom is on the live recording of Arlo Guthrie's 'Alice's Restaurant..."

WOW! Really! I just heard this song for the first time last year.

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